Civic Centre Resource Library Wins the 2019 OLA New Library Building Award

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Stunning architecture, environmental stewardship, connections with local histories, and serving growing communities by providing exciting spaces are just a few notable aspects of the recipients of the 2019 Ontario Library Association (OLA) New Library Building Award.

Vaughan Public Libraries’ (VPL) Civic Centre Resource Library is one of the four recipients of the distinguished award, including Brampton Library, Hamilton Public Library, and Toronto Public Library- Albion Branch.

The OLA Library Building Award encourages and showcases excellence in the architectural design and planning of libraries in Ontario. The award is divided into two alternating categories (Library Architectural and Design Transformation, and New Library Buildings) and runs every third year to allow a critical number of projects in all types of libraries to accumulate.

“Newly-built libraries today reflect the strong desire for public places that instill a sense of community pride and are, at the same time, highly flexible and functional spaces,” comments Shelagh Paterson, executive director, OLA.

Civic Centre Resource Library, ZAS Architects + Interiors

From the jury: “An amazing architectural and geometric engineering achievement! A visually stunning  façade that appears to change from transparent to solid as the daylight changes throughout the day. The library is built as a visionary makerspace that provides a much needed centre for community learning, gathering, creating and celebration. Through the innovative design process, ZAS Architects created impressively wide-open spaces that allow flexibility for library programming and that can be easily redefined without limitations. The result is a cultural destination that inspires creativity, provides a welcoming place to gather and interact, and that has attracted new users enriching community life in the rapidly growing City of Vaughan”. 

Margie Singleton (Chief Executive Officer, Vaughan Public Libraries) and Paul Stevens (Senior Principal, ZAS Architects + Interiors) receive the OLA Building Award for the Civic Centre Resource Library, at OLA’s Annual Institute on the Library as Place event on July 10, 2019.

 

 

 

Officially Open: The New Children’s Area and Learn It! Lab

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The snow didn’t stop the celebration on January 20 as we officially opened the new Children’s Area and Learn It! Lab at Bathurst Clark Resource Library. Thanks to all of those who joined in the celebration!

Looking through the new pass-through with Peter Kent, MP; Minister Michael Tibollo, Vaughan-Woodbridge MPP; Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua; VPL CEO, Margie Singleton and VPL Board Chair, Dr. Devender Sandhu.

Looking through the new pass-through with Peter Kent, MP; Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, Michael Tibollo; Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua; VPL CEO, Margie Singleton and VPL Board Chair, Dr. Devender Sandhu.

Mayor, Members of Council, Vaughan Library Board, VPL Executive Management Team with the project's architect and construction representatives.

Front row (left to right): VPL Board Trustees, Loreta Pavese, Ralph Cinelli, Vice-Chair Rose Savage, Board Chair Dr. Devender Sandhu, Maya Goldenberg, Palma Pallante and Gary Thompson. Back row (left to right): VPL Director of Growth & Communications, Aleksandra Dowiat Vine; VPL Director of Finance & Community Spaces, Sandy Vander Werff; President of Massive Devcon Corp., Ali Ozden; Peter Kent, MP; Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport Michael Tibollo; Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua; Ward 4 Councillor and VPL Board Trustee, Sandra Yeung Racco; City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Linda Jackson; Principal of Ward99 Architects, Tina Ranieri-D’Ovdio and VPL Director of Customer Experience, Lisa McDonough.

 

 

 Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua with the Vaughan Public LIbrary Board working together on the rigamajig.

Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and members of the Vaughan Public Library Board working together on the rigamajig.

The very busy and popular Technology Bar.

The very busy and popular Technology Bar.

A special storytime with Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua.

A special storytime with Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua.

Puppet show by Applefun Puppetry.

Puppet show by Applefun Puppetry.

Fantastic things to discover in the Learn It! Lab.

Fantastic things to discover in the Learn It! Lab.

Playing with the rigamajig

Boy with drum

 

Girl building

Father and daughter reading

Girls with dolls

Mom and daughters

Family enjoying the pass-through.

For more highlights from the day, visit VPL’s Facebook page.

The New Children’s Area and LEARN IT! Lab at Bathurst Clark Resource Library to Open Soon!

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The air at Bathurst Clark Resource Library is buzzing with excitement as VPL prepares the new Children’s Area and LEARN IT! Lab to open to the public.

Renovations began last summer, completing Phase One which included the painting and replacing all the carpet in the main public library space; additional comfy new chairs and study tables enlarging study space and increasing seating; the renovation of the main washrooms; and the creation of a program/meeting room and two exterior book return slots in front of the library.

Phase Two included the new Children’s Area, a space created specifically for children and their families where they will be able to enjoy hands-on literacy-rich experiences. The area also includes the LEARN IT! Lab, VPL’s digital creation and digital literacy space for kids. The project overall has increased space for public use by 3,000 square feet.

Design features of Phase Two:
• Programs and materials for children, including storytimes, book clubs and technology training
• Family reading area
• An abundance of technology including iPads on two technology bars, Early Literacy computers, Chromebooks, 3D printer, Cricut® (smart-tech cutting machine), and more
• Powered, circular children’s homework tables
• Comfortable, moveable seating and vibrant colours throughout this flexible usage of space
• New, large windows providing an abundance of natural light
• Decorative, Varia Ecoresin panels and a circular, Corian chrome-coloured pass-through add to the playful and welcoming atmosphere
• Children’s height self-checkout station
• Artistic, modern-style lighting
• Plenty of connectivity for charging devices

Phase Two also included the addition in the main library of a laptop kiosk and a universal washroom to accommodate a wheeled mobility device.

Decorative resin panels at north entrance of Children's Area.

Decorative panels at north entrance of Children’s Area.

Circular chrome pass-through.

Circular pass-through.

Learn It! display and storage.

Future Learn It! display and storage.

New furniture to be placed.

New furniture to be placed.

Circular ceiling lighting.

Circular ceiling lighting.

Viewing east.

Facing east.

Early Literacy computers are set up.

Early Literacy computers are set up.

Facing northwest.

Facing northwest.

Books are being shelved.

Books are being shelved.

Storage space and a future spot for more computers.

Storage space and a future spot for more computers.

The east entrance to the Children's Area.

The east entrance to the Children’s Area.

Update on Bathurst Clark Resource Library Renovations: October 11

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New carpet, wall colours, furniture and more can now be found at Bathurst Clark Resource Library. Stay tuned; we will announce a reopening date soon.

North end of the main hall, looking east, showing new study tables and carpeting.

North end of the main hall, looking east, showing new study tables and carpeting.

North end of the main hall, looking north, showing new study tables and carpeting.

North end of the main hall, looking north, showing new study tables and carpeting.

North end of the main hall, looking west, showing new study tables, new paint colours, and carpeting.

North end of the main hall, looking west, showing new study tables, new paint colours, and carpeting.

New magazine lounging area, looking south.

New magazine lounging area, looking south.

Relocated computer area, looking south.

Relocated computer area, looking south.

View of south end of the main hall, showing expanded study area.

View of south end of the main hall, showing expanded study area.

View of the self checkout stations.

Self checkout stations.

View of the new meeting room with whiteboard.

New meeting room with whiteboard.

The new stalls in the women’s washroom.

The new stalls in the women’s washroom.

View of the new children’s area, still under construction, from the main lobby looking west.

View of the new children’s area, still under construction, from the main lobby looking west

New features at Maple Library

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A new service desk and an increased browsing area can now be found at the Maple Library to better serve you!

New Service Desk at Maple Library

Some of our wonderful VPL staff showing the new Service Desk at Maple Library.

Browsing area

The increased browsing area.

New self checkout area Maple Library

Maple Library’s new Self Checkout area.

Visit Maple Library today and check it out yourself!

New soft seating for our libraries!

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New chairs have been delivered to Ansley Grove, Dufferin Clark and Woodbridge Libraries, giving a cozier and bright new look for you to enjoy. Be sure to visit us today!

New chairs at Woodbridge Library

Woodbridge Library has comfortable new chairs in various spots throughout the library. Pick your favourite!

New seating at Ansley Grove Library

Bring a few friends and grab a seat at Ansley Grove Library.

New chairs at Dufferin Clark Library

Envision yourself, with a book, in the comfort of one of these new chairs at Dufferin Clark Library.

There’s a seat for you at Woodbridge Library’s new laptop bar

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Enjoy a window seat while working on your laptop at Woodbridge Library. A new laptop bar has been installed for all to use.

Bring your own computer or borrow one with your library card!

Woodbridge Library has a new laptop bar

The new laptop bar at Woodbridge Library.

 

Woodbridge Laptop Bar

There’s a seat for you!